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10th August 2010

Blackwell turns match on day two

Ian Blackwell struck with his third delivery of the day – Cross out lbw for 17 without adding to his overnight score.  He picked up his fourth victim of the innings when Chilton was out lbw for 65, leaving Lancashire 132-6 after 4.1 overs.

Stephen Harmison picked up a much deserved wicket when Chapple (5) nicked the ball to Michael Di Venuto at second slip and it wasn’t long before he claimed his next scalp, trapping Mahmood out lbw for 20.

Lancashire were 167-8 when Kerrigan joined Sutton in the middle but the tail didn’t last long with Harmison and Blackwell picking up one further wicket each – Kerrigan out lbw for 4 and Sutton caught by Benkenstein on 12. 
Glenn Chapple and Sajid Mahmood opened the bowling for Lancashire, who were defending a first innings total of 181, and it was the latter who struck first when Di Venuto was out lbw for 13 in the sixth over.

The dismissal of Gordon Muchall, caught behind off Keedy’s third delivery, signalled the lunch break three balls early.  Dale Benkenstein and Mark Stoneman returned to the crease after the break with Durham 38-2. 

Blackwell replaced Stoneman after he was out lbw to Keedy for 7 and went on to put on a 54 ball fifty partnership with Benkenstein, pushing Durham past the hundred mark in the 22nd over.

Blackwell’s fifty came off forty balls, including five boundaries and a six, in the 25th over, shortly followed by the exit of Benkenstein, who was out lbw to Chapple for 32. 

Stokes knuckled down and it was a boundary from him that saw Durham pass the 150 mark in the 34th over.  Blackwell was bowled by Keedy for 65 and Durham were 165-6 after his replacement, Phil Mustard was caught by Horton two deliveries later without scoring.

Some confident knocks from Stokes saw him add 32 before he became Kerrigan’s first victim, caught by Sutton. 

At tea Durham were 175-7 with Borthwick 4* and Plunkett 0*.

Durham edged ahead of Lancashire’s first innings total in the 45th over and the pair put on fifty before Borthwick was caught by Horton off Keedy for 30 with the next delivery.  Mitchell Claydon added 2 before he was caught at deep min on by Shivnarine Chanderpaul bringing Stephen Harmison to the middle with Durham 230-9.

Liam Plunkett was the last man to fall, bowled for 28 giving Keedy a new career best, beating his record from the same fixture last year. 

Durham posted 237, a lead of 56, and Lancashire returned to the field with 11 overs to face before the close.

Claydon sent Horton back to the pavilion with his 10th ball after he was caught behind for 8 leaving Lancashire 10-1.  Harmison struck with the first ball of the next over – Smith caught by Di Venuto in the slips for 2.

Keedy joined Chilton as night watchman at the crease and at the close of play Lancashire were 22-2, still 34 behind Durham’s first innings total.

At the close of play we spoke to Ian Blackwell, “It was pleasing to put in a good all round personal performance today.  The ball is turning square and keeping low so is pretty conducive to spin.  It’s great to have been able to take advantage and put ourselves in a strong position for tomorrow.

“We’ve played well as a bowling unit so it’s important that we maintain that level tomorrow so we can get Lancashire out cheaply.  Obviously they have Shiv still to come in so that will be an important wicket for us to get in the morning.”

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